Politics

Brexit and the Dreyfus Affair

Reading about the Dreyfus affair 1896-1904, I can’t help but read in similarities to #Brexit. As Schultheiss (2012) puts it, “the enduring significance of the Dreyfus Affair lies in its manifest embodiment of multiple narratives and multiple strands of historical causality…It shows how longstanding beliefs and tensions can be transformed … into a juggernaut that alters the political and cultural landscape for decades. In the interest of increasing our understanding… the complexities of that transformation should be recognized and analyzed rather than packaged for moral or political usefulness”. Dreyfus and Brexit a century apart but similar mechanisms of division 🇫🇷🇬🇧

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